Little Rock Life: Diversity in People, Geography, Culture

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

(Photo by Nancy Nolan)

  • Arkansas Literary Festival features panels, events, performances, workshops and authors such as David Sedaris, Garrison Keillor and Arkansan Charlaine Harris (True Blood).
  • Arkansas State Fair is Arkansas’ annual showcase of agriculture, livestock, arts and technology.
  • Little Rock Film Festival, founded by award winning, Emmy and DGA-nominated Renaud Brothers, is considered by Austin’s Paste Magazine to be “potentially one of the best fests in the country.”
  • Riverfest, the Memorial Day weekend visual and performing arts celebration, attracts 250,000 annually.

With two of the country’s leading film festivals within an hour’s drive of each other, the region boasts destination festivals and fairs celebrating the best of the arts, entertainment, film, literature and Americana.


The region boasts more than 100 shopping centers, malls and large retail areas, with more than 8 million SF of retail space in the county.

With retail closing rates soaring in other parts of the country, Little Rock is attracting and opening one-of-a-kind destination retailers, drawing shoppers from throughout the region and beyond.
- Bethany Siems, The Promenade at Chenal


  • American Taekwondo Association has 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs across North America and eight other countries, while its H. U. Lee International Gate & Garden is a favorite downtown destination.
  • The Arkansas Travelers’ Dickey-Stephens Park is the home of the Class AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
  • The Arkansas Razorbacks annually play football, basketball, baseball and other NCAA Division I, SEC sports in the region.
  • Real Deal in The Rock is America’s top 17-and-under basketball tournament, featuring the country’s elite collegiate recruits, led by recent NBA No. 1 draft picks John Wall, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant.
  • Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, provides an oppportunity to honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle. Of the money raised through the Race, 75 percent stays in Arkansas to fund educational programs, while the remaining 25 percent funds national research grants.
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans’ Jack Stephens Center is the home of NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference men’s and women’s basketball teams and played host to the first and second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament in 2012.
  • Verizon Arena and its 18,000 seats has hosted NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball and SEC Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
  • War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field, the 55,000-seat, second home field of the Arkansas Razorbacks Football Team, hosts many other collegiate and high school games.
  • Arkansas Wildlife is found on several million acres of the state’s public lands, making the state and central Arkansas a haven for fishermen, duck and deer hunters.

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